Tooting Closing In On The Title

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The Ryman League Division One South title is almost in Tooting & Mitcham United`s grasp as their 2-0 win against Walton Casuals on Saturday kept them nine points clear of second-placed Dorking Wanderers with just six matches left.

And ironically, the final one of those six games is at Dorking!

Mike Dixon right on half-time and in injury-time added on after a serious injury to the Terrors` Bashiru Alimi in the opening seconds, Dan Clements scored a second.

It meant a fourteenth successive win for Tooting.

Dorking maintained their challenge and hope for a Tooting slip by winning 1-0 at Sittingbourne, courtesy of a 64th minute Chris Boulter effort.

Greenwich Borough, Corinthian-Casuals and Carshalton Athletic complete the top five, but only Carshalton won on Saturday.

The Robins eased to a 5-1 Colston Avenue win against second-bottom Three Bridges.

Bobby Price and Kingsley Aikhionbare both bagged braces for the home side, with Ricky Korboa adding the other late on – all after Bridges led through Tony Garrod`s 11th minute opener.

Greenwich were held to a 1-1 draw on the 3G at Church Road against Whyteleafe, whose Liam Collins gave them a 9th minute lead.

Charlie Macdonald`s 33rd minute penalty restored parity.

Casuals, however, were beaten 1-0 at home by a Hastings United side who are now just a point behind the top five in sixth.

A 17th minute Kiernan Hughes-Mason goal proved enough at King George`s Field.

Lewes and Hythe Town are still very much in the play-off race, although the Kent side will be disappointed to have only picked up a point from a 2-2 draw at Footes Lane against lowly Guernsey – and against ten-men too.

A crowd of 544 saw Dean Grant put Hythe in front after just 5 minutes, and when Kenny Pogue doubled their lead with only 21 minutes gone on the clock, it didn`t look good for the Channel Islanders.

But the battling Greens reduced the arrears right on the stroke of half-time through Dave Rihoy.

Their chances of getting anything out of the game looked to have gone though when they had Angus Mackay sent-off after 57 minutes for a second booking.

But the ten-men grabbed an 82nd minute leveller through sub Sebastien Skillen.

The Rooks were comfortable 4-0 Dripping Pan winners against East Grinstead Town in front of 483.

Jonte Smith bagged a brace in the 29th and 48th minutes and Matt George after 51 minutes and Wilfried Grimaud 3 minutes from time added to that.

Godalming Town are almost down, being thirteen points adrift of fourth-bottom Guernsey with only eighteen points left to play for.

However, they won on Saturday when Graeme Purdy`s 65th minute effort saw off third-bottom Chatham Town at The Sports Ground.

The Chats were forced to play for over an hour with ten-men following two bookings in a minute by Abdul Lyoubi.

Elsewhere, South Park`s busy end of season saw them win 3-0 at Cray Wanderers with goals from Dan Moody, Keiran Lavery from the spot and Chris Smith – all in the second half – and Herne Bay won 2-0 at Winch`s Field against Molesey with goals from Ian Pulman after just 3 minutes and top scorer Mark Lovell 3 minutes after the break.

Liam King bagged a brace as Faversham Town won 4-1 at home to lowly Chipstead.

He topped and tailed goals from Jamie Maxted and Luke Harvey, with Matt Males netting an 88th minute consolation for the visitors.

Ramsgate and Horsham shared a 1-1 draw at Southwood, with Alfie Paxman breaking the deadlock to put the Rams in front after 69 minutes and Scott Harris levelling 8 minutes later.


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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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